“I am really looking forward to this exciting rally and the competition”, emphasizes ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek. “Gaurav and Ole Christian are allowed to drive without team order for the victory in India and winning the championship.”
For the final round, the experienced MRF ŠKODA Team has perfectly prepared both ŠKODA FABIA R5. Defending champion Gaurav Gill from India has the advantage of knowing the stages on his home ground nearly by heart.
The Rally of India organizing Motor Sports Club of Chikmagalur was founded in 1980 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious motorsport clubs in India. In 2015, after an eleven year break, India was brought back into the APRC calendar. Coffee Day Rally of India, as it is known today, became a round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC).
The 2017 Coffee Day Rally of India runs over 17 special stages totalling 225.42 kilometres on small, tough gravel roads on the coffee plantations around Chikmagalur in the southwest of India. The rally starts on the afternoon of Friday (24 November) at the Amber Valley residential school with a spectacular show stage, witnessed by ten thousands of enthusiastic rally fans last year. The winner of the Coffee Day Rally of India will cross the finish line on Sunday around 15h00 local time at the podium on the grounds of Coffee Day Global at Chikmagalur.